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Martie
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0 posted 11-09-1999 03:58 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

The drawer


I wanted to give you the world
or at least your hearts desire.
And so I went looking for a card
that would say my heart,
and ended up
in the drawer
of old photographs,
where I was drawn into
the dusty, cracked
black and white past.

The steps to the second floor
echoed as if I had
just run up and down them.
There, was the band aid on my knee,
and my mother in full skirt
with breasts that are mine now,
and my father with the tender love for
baby me in his eyes,
the rhythm of the steps
the slam of a door
the creak of the floor in the hall
then there was you
in angry red faced splendor
slipping from a scream
into my life
love at first sight.

I wish for you a drawer,
for birthdays are like those steps,
always taking you up,
the way you climb is up to you.
You can hold on to the banister
and move carefully,
or you can pause and take a breath.
You can go back down and start over,
or sit and bump down on your bottom.
But, to get to the second floor
ascend you must.

Here’s an empty drawer to fill now
with that rock and shell from summer last
with smiles and laughter
safe and sound under the black lace mantilla
next to the sachet, that parts from me
the rest is up to you.


© Copyright 1999 Martie Odell-Ingebretsen - All Rights Reserved
RSEvans
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1 posted 11-09-1999 04:02 PM       View Profile for RSEvans   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RSEvans

Loved this one.

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Once I was brilliant, now I no longer shine, but the twinkle in my eye speaks of another time.
Aurora's Fire
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2 posted 11-09-1999 05:59 PM       View Profile for Aurora's Fire   Email Aurora's Fire   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aurora's Fire

Very nice, liked it .
Denise
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3 posted 11-09-1999 11:51 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Future memories! So special!

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Denise

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4 posted 11-10-1999 03:59 AM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

Well done!

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Illusion...what we see and what we do...it's all up to you.
Munda
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5 posted 11-10-1999 11:14 AM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

I really like the imagery you used here. Very well done. : )
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The imagery in this piece is fantastic.....it's well crafted and flows smoothly to the end

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Alis volat propriis
(She flies with her own wings)
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7 posted 12-18-1999 07:56 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Beautiful, can't believe I missed this.
All parents must feel like this, I imagine.

K
Elizabeth Santos
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Brilliant work
Liz
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Wonderful! Great imagery Martie...

 A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!
Shannon


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